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How To Take A Driving Test And Become A Qualified Driver

Aug 31, 2007
While taking the driving test does involve a some amount of stress, it can be minimized. Your chances for passing will also be increased if you follow some basic tips and guidelines.

To clarify, if you have never been licensed in any state or you hold a foreign country's license, you will be required to take a driving test to drive in the United States unless you hold an International license which is valid globally. If you fit this criteria and are planning to take the leap into being a motoring individual, give yourself the best chance at passing the test by following some simple guidelines.

Know what you are facing. A driving test generally consists of one or two parts: a road test where you can demonstrate your proficiency behind the wheel; and a theory section, used to assess a person's knowledge of driving law.

Prepare for your driver license tests with the state-provided, driver study guide. The manual covers all of the laws and road safety rules for your state. It is available free prior to hitting the road.

The driving test for the basic license class (Class C) is the same for all drivers regardless of age. Take a few days to review the information. It is an easy read with lots of pictures to make everything as clear as possible and aid in learning.

You can take any of the tests as many times as you like, but from a confidence standpoint, you want to pass the test as soon as you are able. Keep that in mind when you head to the testing center.

Ignore the folklore: There is a myth that says the DMV wants to fail you. Many jokes and a couple of commercials have been made emphasizing that point. In actuality, this could not be further from the truth. While the testers look stern and unforgiving, DMV officials want you to pass your driving test.

What they don't want is an unskilled motorist driving away from the testing ground a unqualified menace to the driving community. Knock that out of your mind as soon as possible. It just isn't true. They can actually be quite nice if you present yourself as a prepared, responsible individual who's taken the time adequately prepare.

If you can, find out ahead of time which type of course you are going to be tested on. The more knowledge you have under your belt, the less fear will be present. The road test can take place either on a closed course or on the street.

If your road test takes place on the actual road, it will consist of basic maneuvers you will encounter during a real trip including left and right turns, three-point turns, stops at intersections with traffic lights or stop signs, backing up in a straight line, lane changing and the like. If you are not taken on the road and instead test on a closed course, conditions will be simulated to give you the realest possible scenario available.

Practice, practice, practice. While testing is conducted at centers spread throughout the country, the real exam is when you are out there on the road. Get as much practice as you can.

While adults and minors essentially take the same test, teenage applicants are usually required to complete a number of hours of behind-the-wheel training with a portion of those hours being night driving. They are then allowed to go to DMV for their driving test. This is to ensure that they have enough experience prior to taking to the road.

If you are an adult and have never driven before still aren't required to drive a certain number of hours prior to going for the test; however, they still might want to take the hint from their teenage counterparts and practice for a period of time to get their driving legs under them.

Don't panic. There may also be some driving in regular street traffic combined with the closed course and in some cases motoring on the freeway might take place. Don't let this frighten you. Give yourself enough time to learn both the written legal portion and to get some experience and a feel for the car. After that, no matter what kind of course they throw at you, it won't phase you a bit.

When you go to take the test, try and drive the same car you have been practicing in. This will increase your confidence level as well as your chances of passing on your first try.

Stay cool. During your driving test, the examiner will note how you obey the rules of the road and traffic signs and signals. The examiner recognizes that passing the drivers test will afford you independence and freedom of movement.

While these are important factors in life, they also realize that the individual testing must be ready. That means that if you have practiced enough and practiced the correct way, you will have no problem passing the test. Just take the time to prepare sufficiently and you will walk out of the DMV a fully-licensed driver.

Here's a quick tip on what to do if you fail the first time. Don't beat yourself up. Just take it as a sign that you need more road time or you need to review the manual more.

Remember, once you are a qualified driver, nobody will know or care how many times it took you to accomplish that feat. They will only care that you aren't a driving disaster waiting to happen.
About the Author
Alex Olson, a professional writer, aims to inform common men and women of the several issues involved in driving a car through her articles. She is a real expert in this sphere and is ready to give you some tips on how to take a driving test .
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